Saturday, January 07, 2006

Mom catches son with...AK-47

(Global National with files from Canadian) Most moms catch their kids with cigarettes, dirty magazines, or trying to sneak out of the house. Not this mom. A Toronto woman is being praised by police Thursday for turning in her son, after finding a fully loaded Avtomat Kalašnikov-47 machine-gun sitting atop his bedroom pillow, along with an additional magazine full of bullets.

I've never read stories like that over here in West Europe. In Canada and the USA it appears to be news. In West Africa it's daily practice. Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo all have suffered greatly from violent conflicts in recent years. Many children carrying arms have died.

I believe that all adults have a responsibility to protect children from gun-related deaths and injuries.

Some USA states have CAP (Child Access Prevention) Laws which allow prosecutors to charge irresponsible gun owners who leave guns unlocked and that action causes harm to anyone. Sadly most of the pro-gun "representatives" have either made those laws extremely inefective or they had blocked the enacting of those laws altogether.

“We do not accept the threat these weapons pose to Canadians,” said the Prime Minister. “To make our communities safer we should ban handguns outright.

I don't know enough about the US Brady bill or the second amendments but Canadians banning guns seems like a good thing to do.